Read the following text and answer the questions that follow.

For any blogger, a morning routine is essential to having a productive and effective day. For me, mornings are my favourite time of day. I’m obsessed with reading about other’s morning hours too. I’m not a full-time blogger; my degrees are in music, so my daily focus is on teaching and playing the violin, and blogging is what I do on the side for fun and extra money. Since most of my real job, teaching, happens in the afternoons/evenings and weekends, my morning hours are precious for getting all my blog-related work done.

Here’s a pretty normal morning routine for me. I love to read these posts on other’s blogs, so hopefully it’s something you enjoy, too!

5:37 a.m: Alarm goes off

I’ve realised exactly how much time I need to get out of bed, brush my teeth and wash my face, change clothes, and get to The Barre Code for a 6 am workout class.

When I’m not going to a morning exercise class, I’ll sleep until about 6:30 am or so. I love waking up early because I enjoy those quiet hours of productivity. Once I got used to having those early hours, I became addicted to how productive I could be! Now if I sleep until 8:00 or 9:00, I wake up feeling kind of disappointed that I’m just getting started on my day.

6:00-6:50 a.m: Exercise class

Waking up early isn’t the easiest thing, but once I get to my workout studio I’m soooo glad to be there! Thank goodness the instructors are caffeinated and have drank a lot of coffee, because my energy is always low! My favourite way to start the day is by slowly warming my body up with moderate activities, then doing resistance training for 50 minutes.

I feel invigorated1 and strong when I’m done with class, so I’m ready to move on to the next thing and have a productive morning. If I skip too many morning workouts, I start to get in a slump2 and I don’t get as much done in my days.

7:00 a.m: Return home, MAKE COFFEE.

I always walk into the door of my house, greet my family, and immediately turn the kettle on in order to make a morning cup of coffee. I need my coffee!

7:15: I take a quick shower and put on clothes. 

I usually don’t do my hair or makeup at this time, but I’ll at least put on jeans and a sweater so I feel a bit more put-together3. I’m convinced that I’m about 10% more productive when I’m wearing real clothes instead of yoga pants or exercise clothing. And in turn it will save me some time if I have to rush to the store during my working hours.

7:30 a.m: Meditation, reading, and journaling

At this time, I will do some form of journaling, meditation, visualising, or reading. I usually spend 20-30 minutes doing something that just makes me feel good. Even if I’m busy and have a ton on my to-do list, I’ll try to spend at least a few minutes getting my headspace4 in order.

Sometimes I use this time just to finish a really good book I’m reading. But other days I’ll be more intentional about what I want to do. Everyday I will meditate and do some journaling for about 15 minutes to get my mind prepared for the day, 10 for the former and 5 for the latter.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m: Desk work 

While I’m working, I’ll usually snack on something like yoghourt, an energy bar,  a smoothie, or a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. And of course, I need more coffee.

I like to make to-do lists and plan for my next projects, so I try to start my work day like this. 

A few things I’ll do during this time:

  • Administration work for my teaching job (I have my own teaching studio, so I typically need to do some accounting/scheduling work.)
  • Answering blog-related emails. I always have so many emails to read!
  • Brainstorming/writing new posts for my blog.
  • Planning posts to publish on other social media channels (Instagram and Pinterest are my two favourites!)
  • Edit photos

That’s how I love to start my day! A workout, meditation, coffee, and then I dedicate several hours to focusing on my blog in order to start the day feeling good. In the afternoon, I teach and I spend time with my husband, our children, and our cat.

GLOSSARY. Make sure that you understand all of the words from the reading.

  1. Invigorating: to feel strong, healthy, and full of energy
  2. To get in a slump: to lose focus, determination, or desire to do something
  3. To feel put together: To feel more attractive. To be ready for the day and to see people.
  4. Headspace: a state of mind or mindset 

TASK. Read the text and choose the option with the correct answer.